DeOccupyHalloween: #WhoNeedsZombiesWhenWeHaveWallStreet?

by Adam

Mickey Z.

Halloween is an odd holiday. The ostensible concept—as it has evolved to become—is to shock, startle, frighten, petrify, horrify, and/or terrify…all while consuming enough high fructose corn syrup to keep the American Dental Association content for another century or two.

But as you devour those Twizzlers, Bon Bons, and Almond Joys, you might wanna chew on this factoid: For the first time in history, there are as many underweight people in the world as there are overweight people.

Step away from the candy corn…

Every year, as October 31 nears, loyal consumers also squander a small fortune to adorn their soon-to-be-foreclosed-upon abodes with Made-in-China images of tombstones, skulls, ghouls, goblins, monsters, zombies, and even the occasional bloody severed limb or two.

But let’s face it, none of these cardboard depictions remotely compare to the real-life horrors that have helped spawn the #Occupy movement.

Who needs Dracula when we’ve got ruling class vampires sucking us dry—stealing not only our blood but also our jobs, homes, health, and future?

Why bother with Saw when legions of ghouls unleash far worse cruelty—every minute of every day—via slaughterhouses, vivisection labs, fur farms, and other houses of horror?

No zombie is more frightening than corporations converted into “persons”—set free to rape and pillage the ecosystem.

Never mind Jason and his hockey mask when you’ve got Obama playing left wing.

Who’s afraid of UFOs or evil space aliens when the skies are filled with predator drones, cruise missiles, and fighter jets?

Elm Street’s Freddie ain’t got nothing on nuclear contamination, climate change, deforestation, ocean trawling, and widespread extinctions.

And I’ll take Godzilla’s side over pesticide, over genocide, and over ecocide.

Here’s one more 24/7 real-life nightmare far more dreadful than anything Halloween can conjure up: When all those kids come knocking on your door, expecting candy and other toxins, you might wish to remind yourself that across the globe, an estimated 29,158 children under the age of 5 die from preventable causes every single day.

Cue the ominous music:

29,158 dead.

Under the age of 5.

Every single day.

From preventable causes.

The next time you’re at a sporting event or a concert, take a good, slow look around you and get a feel for what 29,158 looks like.

It’s a whole lot more terrifying than the whir of a chainsaw echoing down a desolate Texas highway.

#DeOccupyHalloween. #OccupyReality. #OccupySocialChangeNow.

 

Mickey Z. is the author of 11 books, most recently the novel Darker Shade of Green. Until the laws are changed or the power runs out, he can be found on an obscure website called Facebook.